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Poll: Voters support inspector general

68th Annual Columbus Day Parade Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has the highest approval rating of any citywide elected or appointed official, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Credit: Getty Images

A majority of New York City voters support the creation of an inspector general to independently monitor the police department, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The poll found that 66 percent of voters support the proposal while only 25 percent oppose it.

"Only 8 percent of voters agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly that having an inspector general will make the city less safe, while 43 percent say it will make the city safer and another 43 percent say it won't make a difference," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Approval ratings for the NYPD's performance are at 60 percent, with Kelly receiving a vote of confidence from 65 percent of participants — the highest of any citywide elected or appointed official, according to the poll.

The survey also found that voters disapprove of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactic by 51 percent; 43 percent support it.